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by ParGha
11 Mar 2017 18:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3839
Views: 545595

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Singha-ji, actually I agree with the basic premise of your argument -- sdre solutions to sdre problems; I disagree that more fossil-fueled vehicles are the solution. In a full-blown shooting war you have limited POL reserves, tankers and road-space... first priority will be the armour and re-armamen...
by ParGha
06 Mar 2017 19:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

Recoil and weight are two reasons... sight and psychology are another two. For most of us it is hard to acquire a proper sight picture as far as the full effective range of a 5.56x45mm, let alone a 7.62x51mm. Secondly, for most of us it is psychologically less disturbing to hunt in a group (vs indiv...
by ParGha
06 Mar 2017 18:59
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

FWIW, the first AKMs were imported by the army because the SLRs were too long and snagged with the new parachutes imported in early 1980s; the SFF had AKMs, vz 58s and Type 56s even before that for various reasons. Actually a two-rifle solution is not a bad idea: Australia tried a multi-caliber rifl...
by ParGha
27 Jan 2017 16:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014
Replies: 3839
Views: 545595

Re: Indian Army News & Discussions - 11 June 2014

Depending on the date, it could be a mis-reporting of the Brigadier Pritam Singh's travails. The brigadier was the savior of Poonch, who had saved both the land and 40,000+ refugees through some of the worst conditions imaginable. However he had a bad relationship with his boss, Major General Atma S...
by ParGha
19 Jun 2012 18:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 286862

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

But once the upstoppable Mongols started harassing Turks, many of them extracated, pushed towards India for fresh ground and that was it. Those events finally lead to the setup of 3 mid size Turko-Afghan Sultanates in north India. 1. The Islamist Turkic invasions of India began long before the Mong...
by ParGha
19 Jun 2012 18:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat
Replies: 2406
Views: 286862

Re: Historical Battles in Ancient & Medieval Bharat

No details, but it is known that the ancient Indians repulsed the Arabs when the latter were at the height of their power. The western Chaluykas, Karkotas, Pratiharas and one Bapa Rawal all inflicted huge defeats on the Arabs in the 7th and 8th centuries. This fact doesn't mesh with the theory of t...
by ParGha
05 Jun 2012 23:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3094
Views: 234423

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

There is no way Pakistan will match India in terms of conventional weapons. It looks like their strategy is stop any Indian advances by using battlefield tactical nuclear weapons. A dangerous detterent because one never knows where any conflict will escalate once nuclear weapons are used but they d...
by ParGha
25 May 2012 13:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2945
Views: 173981

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

rohit, ruse or coup-de-main, how do we differentiate it? The generally accepted explanation is that its main objective was to coerce the Paks into cutting support for the separatist militants in Punjab. That worked. On the other hand, OP Trident never took off. You are right about the Chinese mobili...
by ParGha
25 May 2012 13:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2945
Views: 173981

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

self-delete
by ParGha
25 May 2012 11:06
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2945
Views: 173981

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Indian forces were stationed on Saltoro ridge to prevent the TSP from occupying further after the Paki nuke test in 1984 in Lop Nor. Air Cde Jasjit Singh the former director of IDSA has written that and no one has refuted him from the 'withdraw from Siachen' brigade. AFAIK, the Chinese tested a nuc...
by ParGha
25 May 2012 09:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2945
Views: 173981

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

I understand JLN strategy. He gave up POK as a CBM to TSP to keep them happy that they got one third of Kashmir. Instead it made them even more hungry to think they can grab more. But, Ramana, JLN had seen in close quarters for at least two decades the perfidy of Jinnah, his cohorts and the Muslim ...
by ParGha
17 May 2012 20:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012
Replies: 3969
Views: 137809

Re: Indian Army: News and Discussions 15 Apr 2012

Active combat operations were ongoing during the 2001-03 period, and the sacrifices in these operations were not "errors" -- they were willfully undertaken for the nation. Most of it, I assume, was low-key work along the LOC, but a few did make it into public domain like this one http://fo...
by ParGha
25 Apr 2012 17:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 912076

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

Can never really understand these guys. They already had missiles that could target India. What good can come off this test? After episodes such as Xerox-Khan, Osama-Bin-Laden, PNS Mehran Attacks, Mumbai Attack, now they want to prove that they can target half of the world? --Ashish Lot of good can...
by ParGha
24 Apr 2012 21:24
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 912076

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

I wont put much stock into an obvious dog-n-pony show like that. But the show aside, the Paks have indeed made some good investments and toughened up (esp those who did tours in KP) over last 10 odd years; the Chinese look ridiculously primped-out, a far cry from their simple and battleready Civil/K...
by ParGha
20 Apr 2012 17:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Siachen News & Discussion
Replies: 2945
Views: 173981

Re: Siachen News & Discussion

Austin, the Chinese can veto the sanctions just as the Soviets vetoed the 1971 sanctions on India. You are right, today there is no better mechanism for international conflict resolution than the UN, but that mechanism favors the party which holds the initiative -- unless you are one of the veto-wie...
by ParGha
31 Mar 2012 21:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: DEFEXPO-2012: March 29 to April 1, 2012 - Photos & News
Replies: 143
Views: 5128

Re: DEFEXPO-2012: March 29 to April 1, 2012 - Photos & News

What"s the poor OFB to do? I know I've beat this to death but look at all the western submachine guns ---they have snub nosed barrels. Look at the barrel length on the MSMC.Why this grasshopper asks, why? It looks like a scaled-down version of the standard INSAS barrel and fore-sight. 1. Good:...
by ParGha
28 Mar 2012 20:16
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 434979

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

For those who believe that rocket artillery can substitute for tube artillery, a simple question: if I conscripted you/your son into infantry, would you rather be ordered to advance under the cover of gunfire or rocket fire?
by ParGha
28 Mar 2012 20:15
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 3883
Views: 434979

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Schowdhuri, the Soviets were using the 100-Gun concept to create fire-curtains and maneuvering infantry/armor in-between long before rocket-artillery became anything more than terror-weapons. It is incorrect to say that they massed the guns to substitute for the rocket artillery -- in fact the rocke...
by ParGha
26 Mar 2012 07:00
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

On the other hand the issue of why private manufacturers are not involved is a different one. I think the reasons have been discussed again and again in the aviation related threads, but the technology constraints for a rifle are lesser than that for an aircraft. It has more to do with government p...
by ParGha
19 Mar 2012 19:41
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 912076

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

The sniper rifle is a Steyr SSG 69. The BSF also uses the same. The POF produces decent quality firearms.
by ParGha
08 Mar 2012 20:21
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012
Replies: 4311
Views: 134174

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - Jan 12, 2012

Capability wise T-90 and Arjun are pretty much ahead on a tank to tank basis against both AK and T80. But the number of units they have that are equipped with the Night fighting equipment is more if the numbers are correct. Though this is less of an issue today then it was a decade ago, it is still...
by ParGha
23 Feb 2012 00:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 154052

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Why the takleef at a perfectly innocuous statement that some groups have military traditions. Sure technology changes ... but it is some of those "achievements of history" that have saved the civilization in the past. And even today you need folks willing to go into harm's way. You are wr...
by ParGha
22 Feb 2012 19:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 154052

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

Self - Deleted : This discussion is pointless.
by ParGha
14 Jan 2012 19:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Army: News & Discussion
Replies: 3467
Views: 154052

Re: Indian Army: News & Discussion

A very well written article with much more than a semblance of truth. It should stoke the reform that is needed in the promotion system in Army. The sooner the better... http://business-standard.com/india/news/allchiefs-men/461720/ Over last thirty years, India has mainly been engaged in low-intens...
by ParGha
22 Dec 2011 00:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc
Replies: 3959
Views: 912076

Re: Pakistan arms sales, ops, doctrine, etc

Baloch represents only 3.6% of the Pakistani population, but 10% of army. How did that happen? Are they forced into the army? Not true. The Baloch represent less than 1% of the Pak Army. If you are basing your 10% number based on the Baluch Regiment, then its an archaic nomenclature. Even in Britis...
by ParGha
21 Dec 2011 22:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 560763

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

At the very least the professionals in the PA will seriously rethink the idea of reorganizing the Pak Army into an attrition-based fighting force modeled on the Chinese doctrine and posture of the 1970s. The Paks have historically not liked the Chinese doctrine (preferring a Turkey-like doctrine), b...
by ParGha
21 Dec 2011 21:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 560763

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

Singha, Remember sometime back I had mentioned that older Chinese officers really prefer attrition-oriented warfare over manoeuver-oriented warfare? (That is, they trust artillery over armor). Well, it seems that the newer generation of leadership has its own notions. According to China Watchers, th...
by ParGha
07 Dec 2011 00:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

ramana, no need -- there is already an INSAS LMG with a longer and heavier barrel, which can be used in that role while in semi-auto (single shot) mode.
by ParGha
03 Dec 2011 22:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

khukri wrote:
Victor wrote:This is what it sounds like:
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Is this an actual weapon or somebody's rendering of a wet dream?

Whatever it is, it looks much better than the now-canceled OICW XM-29 (XM-29, Daewoo K-11, FN-2000... :shakes-head-in-disbelief:)
by ParGha
03 Dec 2011 22:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

FWIW, the newer Bulgarian AKMs (you can identify them by their black polymer furniture) are apparently falling apart after high-hundreds/low-thousands rounds fired; the much older East German, Polish and Romanian ones (usually with hardened plywood furniture) are doing just fine even after 5000+ rou...
by ParGha
02 Dec 2011 07:54
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

shiv wrote:I think too much has been made of one news item.

Considering the deals being made with IMI... perhaps this is so. :shrug:
by ParGha
01 Dec 2011 09:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

Unless an Indian private company buys off a foreign firm (like Mahindra's aerospace venture) I would anticipate a 15 to 20 year lag period before private industry is capable of meeting a big part if India's small arms needs. Until then it is OFB, DRDO and whatever we import. This much should be pre...
by ParGha
01 Dec 2011 08:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

The INSAS is simple, effective and rugged, but its derivates haven't panned out quite as well, and its obviously no substitute for the Tavor. It should be the other way around: Tavors are no substitute for the failure to produce INSAS to the rugged specs it was designed for. A Tavor, whose 5.56x45m...
by ParGha
01 Dec 2011 07:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

Aditya_V wrote:$83 is also pretty cheap
No, it was about the right market price at that time (1990s). What we are seeing now are prices being paid that have no relationship with current market prices...
by ParGha
30 Nov 2011 17:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 4645
Views: 818174

Re: Small Arms Thread

20 million for 3k Tar, 8.3 million for 100k Bulgarian AK's? Are the numbers correct? The article is a hit-job, but the price for the Bulgarian AKMs (~$83/unit) sounds about right. An acquaintance had witnessed the purchase of a batch of Romanian AKMs, where it was purchased around $80/unit. Last I ...
by ParGha
29 Nov 2011 22:46
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread
Replies: 3918
Views: 560763

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread

the chinese like to parade their later "type-N" , produce one token regiment and then move to "type-N+1" ... they are not facing any serious tank threat. More importantly, they don't like/trust tanks too much. The Chinese love their Engineers and Artillery. Most senior officers ...
by ParGha
22 Nov 2011 17:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 8415

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

No such paradox; you are inducing self-paralysis through over-analysis. In fact in 1965, Premier Chou En-Lai did recommend Gen Ayub Khan to continue fighting an indefinite Maoist People's War (which the Chinese could have fast supported with first-hand experience {Japanese Occupation of China in WW...
by ParGha
22 Nov 2011 17:49
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 8415

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

The primary focus will be on breaking this combine, from the begining to end. Since we don't know WHY they have combined, let us generally say conciliatory gestures, concessions and bribery of appropriate types can be tried on CH to leave PK in the lurch. When it escalates to a shooting war, the fi...
by ParGha
21 Nov 2011 19:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2011
Replies: 279
Views: 8415

Re: Dr. Bharat Karnad: Guest Speaker at BRF NJ MEET Nov 13 2

Waiting is a mistake. Waiting encourages the super powers and WKK types to portray subsequent Indian action as aggression, not retaliation. ... This isn't because we don't have the strength. This is because all we do is wait. Wait for what, exactly? If you cannot dominate the political narrative an...

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